National Institute of Genetics
DNA sequencing and large-scale data analysisNIG uses Aspera's Connect Server for international collaboration
Determined to advance research in the field of life sciences, Japan’s National Institute of Genetics (NIG) operates multiple facilities including the Bioresources Center, DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ) and DNA Sequencing Center. Genetic research at the facilities generates massive data sets up to 20 GB each, which need to be distributed and exchanged with other scientists and existing Aspera partners - such as the European Bioinformatics Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Information - on a daily basis. FTP file transfer and physical shipment of hard drives had proved to be too unreliable, time consuming and expensive, so NIG turned to Aspera’s patented, high-speed fasp™ transport technology.
NIG deployed Aspera’s web-based Connect Server to facilitate international research collaboration for high-throughput DNA sequencing and large-scale data analysis. The Aspera Connect Server transfers large data between NIG and their worldwide partners with unparalleled performance, reliability and security, regardless of distance. A web-based directory allows researchers to easily browse the data they need to access, and an install-on-demand browser plug-in enables high-speed uploads and downloads transparently from within the user’s browser.
“Our purpose is to provide DNA information, an analysis environment, and computing resources and data transfer to researchers as quickly as possible,” said Professor Toshihisa Takagi at NIG’s DNA Data Bank of Japan. “With Aspera we are able to consistently transfer at our full available bandwidth of 1Gbps while respecting other important Internet traffic. And because of the simplicity of the software with user-friendly web and desktop GUIs, our researchers are able to immediately move data online without a great deal of training.”
“Data drives innovation in the life sciences,” said John Wastcoat, Vice President at Aspera. “And Aspera allows the NIG researchers and partners the fastest turnaround of that critical data. In addition, NIG has been able to reduce capital and operational costs while making the systems easier to use resulting in a win across all business groups.”
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